Temple City Promotes “50 Books for 50 Years” Campaign

Community-led drive to support local public library.

Written by RAYMOND TRAN / Published August 6, 2010

In conjunction with the City’s 50th anniversary, Councilwoman Cynthia Sternquist and city officials are pushing an effort to get the community to donate books to the Temple City public library.

Temple City residents interested in making a contribution, be it a physical or financial gift, should approach the Parks and Recreation department, Cathy Burroughs, the parks and recreation director, said Tuesday, January 19, 2010.

The library staff has also provided a wish-list of books and DVDs, she added.

“Once we have accumulated 50 books, we will make a presentation to the library,” she said.

According to Burroughs, the name of each donor will be placed within the covers of the book.

Since the program was first announced at the Temple City Chamber of Commerce mixer, one book has been purchased for the campaign.

Those wishing to make a financial contribution can do so, Councilwoman Sternquist said during the Tuesday city council meeting.

“You can donate monies also and the staff will go and purchase the book for you,” she said.

The library currently has a list of a couple hundred books the community can donate, and Councilwoman Sternquist hopes the community can step in.

“I’m hoping we can get 500 books by the end of our 50th celebration,” Sternquist said.

Temple City, which was officially incorporated as a city in 1960, will turn 50 this May. City staff has tentatively scheduled two days to celebrate the event, May 21 and 22.

Last year, the City Council designated a slogan, “Celebrating 50 Years as a Community,” and a logo for the year-long celebration.

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